The ultimate military society is explored in this book on the ancient Spartan civilization. From training methods to the famed Battle of Thermopylae, the heroics and failures of Sparta are uncovered.
Islam in Turkey follows Metehan and his sister Ayse during the month of Ramadan. Follow them as Metehan tries fasting for the first time, and find out why Muslims celebrate Ramadan and how they learn about the Quran.
China! Natasha Yim tells of her experiences of watching dragon races in Hong Kong. Discover the art of a handwriting technique called calligraphy. How is silk made? Discover the women who make silk by hand in Hotan, China. Learn how people in China honor their loved ones who have gone before them. Stories by Natasha Yim, Linda Petrucelli, Gary Hoff, Josanne LaValley, and Christine Liu Perkins.
Travelers! A traveler shares what he learned about life in the Andes. Dad and Sam usually see Mom off when she leaves for a work trip, but this time they get to go with her. Grandpa reads exciting stories to Bert and Beth. A hiker writes about his journey around Lake Superior. A traveler visits an island to see puffins, and learns much more than she expects. Stories by David Meissner, Pamela Love, Valeri Gorbachev, Scott Erickson, and Nancy Marie Brown.
Chilly adventures! Learn about Arctic climate, animals, and about the differences between the Arctic and the Antarctic. If you think all penguins live in the Antarctic, think again! Stories by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, Susan E. Quinlan, Tim Davis, and Randi Lynn Mrvos.
Culinary traditions! Enjoy mouthwatering poems about pizza and pancakes. See the importance of family traditions and that food can bring people together. Learn how pizza became a popular food and make a mini pizza of your own. Stories by Debbie Lecy, Barbara Kanninen, Christina G. Rossetti, Karin Gaspartich, and Dawn King.
Pizza and spaghetti! Watch as Joe makes pizza. See what mishaps occur when the new girl at school brings a lunchbox of her brother's invention. Laugh at Tedd Arnold's silly story about his cockatoo. Learn with Arizona about how hard it is to have a family member in the military and ways to make the distance feel smaller. Stories by Tedd Arnold, Lissa Rovetch, Highlights for Children, and Sean Varner.
Splash! Bert, Beth, and Grandpa make a splash in the pond. The Timbertoes have a fun time on a rainy day. Visit a waterpark with Tina, Kevin, and Aunt Dora. Pick a favorite marine animal with Camila's class at the aquarium. Stories by Valeri Gorbachev, Marianne Mitchell, and Rich Wallace.
A perfect outfit for every occasion! Mom helps Isabel get dressed and ready for school. Bella's Dad helps her get ready for a birthday party. Dona Rosa tries to stand out from her flamingo friends by buying colorful new clothes. Arizona and her friends have fun with a clothes swap. Stories by Lissa Rovetch, Highlights for Children, Ana Galan, and Marianne Mitchell.
Australian and arctic animals! Meet a scientist who studies wombats and another who studies arctic foxes. Enjoy a fun story about animals having a jumping competition and another about animals having a special grown-up birthday party. Stories by L.E. Carmichael, Ph.D., Douglas McInnis, Karen Steiner, and Highlights for Children.
Big animals! Find out about the biting career of a zoo animal dentist. Learn about ways in which people cure, respect, and preserve big cats in Africa and California. Stories by Pamela S. Turner, Highlights for Children, Nina Kidd, and David Richardson.
Food! Make a breakfast that will make you smile, then help Biddle Bear count as he eat many types of food. Crack the code of what is in the Garbage Stew. Learn about the colorful lunches children eat in Japan. Stories by Heidi Bee Roemer, Sarah Zelle, Marilyn Kratz, and Teresa V. Mitchum.
Fun at the beach! Alex packs toys for a beach trip. Duck and Goose have try a new sport at the lake. Emma realizes that the wild animals should be free, no matter how small. Learn a safe and easy trick for examining sea creatures up close. Stories by Larry Dane Brimner, Dagmar Kost, Marianne Mitchell, and Les Ewen.
Located in the heart of central Europe, this small country is perhaps best known for the views of the scenic Alps. In addition to its natural beauty, Austria has been a hub for European culture since the days of the Roman Empire. Find out more about the Austrian way of life in this title for young students.
One of two landlocked countries in South America, Bolivia is nestled in the heart of the Andes Mountains. Amid these peaks lies Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Learn about Bolivia’s people and their rich culture in this fact-filled title for young readers.
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Covered in thick forests, this tropical country was a part of the Spanish Empire for around 300 years. Become introduced to Nicaraguans and their way of life in this elementary title for young students.
Singapore is a small island located in southeast Asia. Originally an island for fishers and pirates, it was colonized by the English in the 1800s. Now almost the entire island is part of the city! Young students will learn more about this bustling area and its people in this informative read.
Packed into the small country of Ecuador is some of the most diverse wildlife. All kinds of amazing animals hide in the thick Amazon rain forest and brave the steep slopes of the Andes Mountains. Discover more about these unique species and learn other facts about this fascinating country in a wild read for young students.
Full of history and peppered with paprika, Hungary is home to rich culture and delicious food. Although it shares similarities with its central European neighbors, Hungary’s unique language and traditions set it apart from the rest. Find out what makes this country so memorable in this title for eager learners.
Nearly 3,000 years ago, the area that is now Lebanon was ruled by the powerful Phoenicians. Their empire helped lay the foundation for this modern, bustling country. Take a trip to the Lebanon of the past and present in this informative title for students.
One of the easternmost countries in Africa, Somalia is called a nation of poets. Although Somalia did not have an official alphabet until 1972, spoken poetry has been around for centuries. In this title for young readers, learn about the storied past of a country working to overcome war.
Lying along the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea is the hidden gem of Croatia. From its craggy coast and cascading waterfalls to its delicate lace-making and fast-paced kolo dance, this country is full of natural and cultural beauty. Learn how Croatia’s varied history has shaped it into the independent nation it is today in this title for eager students.
Each year, thousands of animals thunder across Tanzania’s vast Serengeti Plain during their migration. Nearby, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world towers over the country. Discover what other wonders this East African nation holds in this fact-filled title for students.
On the grassy Pampas of Uruguay, gauchos carry on a history of the South American cowboy. But these rugged ranchers are just one part of the country’s rich culture. In this title, young learners can read about the people, animals, and daily life of this small yet proud nation.
Sticking out into the Mediterranean Sea, Italy has some of the nicest weather in Europe. It is famous for its art, architecture, and cuisine. Readers will discover the physical geography of Italy through descriptions of the landscape, waters, and coasts. They will also learn about the cultural geography of Italy, reading about Italian schools, businesses, and communities.